If you’re looking to invest in wardrobe staples that will genuinely work with existing garments, then you could do far worse then to explore the recent offerings from Margaret Howell. Each season Howell further expands her own explorations of functional workwear, with subtle updates to collar shapes, garment fastenings and fabrics.

For her AW 13 collection the focus was again on the use of heritage materials like Harris Tweed and Scottish cashmere, utilized to great effect in pea coats, blazers and hand-knitted jumpers; all in suitably autumnal shades.

Of note were the crisp shirting options, a hallmark of Howell’s designs that in some instances here featured faint double pockets, marrying the workplaces of both blue and white-collar workers. Wide rollnecks, grey Breton striped and argyle print jumpers offered subtle alterations to the pattern and shape of the collection, which was clearly focused on Howell’s ‘made to wear’ philosophy, delivering accordingly.

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